A leading academic from the University of Aberdeen has been appointed to a prestigious role helping to deliver Scotland’s national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy.

Dr Georgios Leontidis, Director of the University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Data and AI, has been appointed as a member of the Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Group.

The Scottish AI Alliance exists to provide a focus for dialogue, collaboration, and action on AI activities in Scotland. In his role, Dr Leontidis will work alongside the executive team of the Alliance (a partnership between The Data Lab and the Scottish Government) and many others in Scotland to deliver the actions laid out in the national AI Strategy.

The appointment is for an initial period of two years, during which Dr Leontidis will focus on thought leadership and expertise in core AI technologies and how these technologies can be deployed in a fair, trustworthy and ethical manner, across different sectors.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Leontidis said: “As an AI researcher and academic, I am excited to contribute my skills, knowledge, and experience to help shape the future of AI in Scotland and realise the actions outlined in Scotland’s AI strategy.

“Whether it's identifying new applications for AI, developing cutting-edge technologies, or addressing ethical concerns, I believe that AI has the potential to make a significant positive impact on society. I am excited to be a part of this journey towards expanding the already world-leading AI activities in Scotland further.

“I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues in the Scottish AI alliance leadership group to drive innovation, promote diversity and inclusivity, and ensure that AI is developed and deployed responsibly.”

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